It is with great sadness that the South Australian Cricket Association today confirms the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes.
Phillip, 25, passed away this afternoon as a result of injuries suffered on Tuesday while batting in the Bupa Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
SACA chief executive Keith Bradshaw said today “while everyone at SACA is hurting, the immediate thoughts of all staff and players are for Phillip’s family who were with him at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney”.
“He was a very popular member of both the West End Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers cricket teams and a favourite of the SACA members and cricket fans across South Australia and Australia, and we are all struggling to come to terms with the news,” Mr Bradshaw said.
“Loved by everyone, Phillip was a really terrific person and a remarkable talent. He had many friends and team-mates here and interstate that will need support, and it is important we offer them our love and care as we all come to terms with this tragic event.
“The out-pouring of support for Phillip over the past few days has been overwhelming, and a testament to how much of an impact he had on so many people.”
Players and SACA staff, as well as members of his grade cricket club East Torrens, are being offered counselling and ongoing support during this difficult time. SACA’s thoughts are also with Phillip’s Australian and New South Wales friends and team-mates.
Phillip moved to South Australia from New South Wales in 2012 to further his national selection opportunities, cementing his position at the top of the Redbacks’ line-up as well as becoming an outstanding member of the Adelaide Strikers.He has played 26 Test matches for Australia, averaging 32.65, making three Test centuries. He was the youngest player to score back-to-back centuries in the same match, in only his second Test. In his 114 first class matches, he scored more than 9000 runs, at an average of 46.51.